The US Secretary of State John Kerry is at the Administration of the Government of Georgia. Face-to-face meeting of the Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili and the US Secretary of State John Kerry will begin in a few minutes. After the meeting a plenary session within the framework of the US-Georgia Strategic Partnership Charter will be held and the Memoranda of Cooperation will be signed. Giorgi Kvirikashvili and John Kerry plan to make joint statements for press.
The Former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili is dissatisfied with the work o the Constitutional Commission and the movement 20/30. According to him, actually the constitutional changes failed.
“In general the team hoped that the Constitutional Commission could do more. Constitutional changes were actually failed. Even this has its objective and subjective reasons,”-Ivanishvili said. He also spoke about the "20/30".
"I established the society 20/30. I had hoped for more, I wanted something to come from the center, to create a critical mass. I have repeatedly talked in my statements, that the community should create a critical mass. When I founded 20/30 I hoped that more would be done but I don’t like the results. I even don’t know if the society needs such organization or movement,”-Bidzina Ivanishvili said.
According to the Former Prime Minister, Bidzina Ivanishvili, the National Movement will have problems for barriers in the parliamentary elections. He made this comment on the meeting with the journalists today. As he noted, he have been making researches and knows what is happening in reality.
“I think that you will have the problems with barriers in the elections. I am sure despite the researches you made. I make researches every month and I know what happening in reality,”-Bidzina Ivanishvili said to the Rustavi 2’s journalist.
The Former Prime Minister Bidzina Ivanishvili offers the critics to attend economical forum on June, 21. This statement was made by him today, at the meeting with journalists.
“I want to invite all who know economics and who are positively disposed with the government. Let’s covet it all. Let’s prove the specialists what could be done and what was not done by the government. This forum was held in 7 times and this issue was discussed 7 times too. I thought that the specialists would have an ideas but nothing have happened yet. I offer them to attend economical forum,”-Bidzina Ivanishvili said.
According to him, he has no aggression with opposition. He thinks how to help to them.
The main discussion topic of Prime Minister's meeting with the representatives of the Association of Manufacturers of Soft Drinks was the issue of mandatory labeling of the soft drinks.
The head of RevenueService Giorgi Tabuashvili noted that upon introduction of mandatory branding, the number of the products on the relevant market increased with 17%.
Nevertheless, pursuant to the Association members, due to the shortcomings in operation of the branding automats manufactured by the Swiss Company SIPCA, existing branding model does not ensure relevant recording of the produced goods.
As noted by the prime Minister, respective issue requires complex scrutiny. Pursuant to the assignment of Giorgi Kvirikashvili, market monitoring process will be continued, to calculate increase of the amount of the production and final decision will be made based on the results of analysis.
Furthermore, Revenue Service was urged to organize working meetings with participation of manufacturers of soft drinks and the SIPCA representatives, to discuss existing technical problems and ways to solve them.
Market monitoring, will continue during 6 months. Upon the decision of prime Minister, during this time period, the costs of branding will be covered by the state.
There was held a working meeting between the representatives of the Notary Chamber of Georgia and National Agency of Public Law. The goal of this meeting was to simplify and improve the quality of general services.
The mentioned two agencies of the Ministry of Justice of Georgia simultaneously carry out the registration of the right of citizens’ property since 2010. This novelty was introduced for the purpose of simplifying the services. A person appearing at notary for arranging the transaction no longer has to go to the National Agency of Public Law for registering the right of property, the notary will register it instead of this citizen. In addition, the citizen pays no additional fee for this service.
The concrete methods for improving the registration procedures and simplifying the services more were planned at the meeting.
The similar meetings will be held in future with all agencies related to notary activities. The joint conferences are planned as well.
The Speaker, David Usupashvili met with the Spanish Foreign Minister, José Manuel García-Margallo. The parties discussed bilateral relations and cooperation, EU and NATO aspiration of Georgia, visa liberalization, EUAA and DCFTA.
As Mr. Minister stated, Spain supports EU and NATO aspiration of Georgia. The parties spoke about economic relations as well. After the meeting, the Speaker noted that Spain once more confirmed support to Georgia in various directions.
“Spain once more expressed significant commitment to partnership in all the issues – economic cooperation, political cooperation, security aspects. We were given the guarantee that Spain will not only support visa liberalization but will be one of the active representatives of EU, supporting approximation of Georgia. Spain, as NATO member state, plays an important role in decision-makings under the aegis of NATO. We widely discussed prospects of bilateral relations. I am glad that concrete works are being implemented on various Governmental levels to attract more investments, for mutually interesting business-projects and these ideas will be soon successfully finalized. We spoke about both of us, Georgians and Spain to be the representatives of the Mediterranean civilization. As you know, Georgia and Spain have many things in common, not only historical names – “Iberia” etc. We also spoke about the time when Georgians will play football as Spanish do. We said farewell to Spanish friends hoping that one day they will play Rugby as we do”.
Prime Minister of Georgia Giorgi Kvirikashvili and Director of the ADB Resident Mission Yesim Elhan-Kayalar discussed growth of the scale of the infrastructure projects as well as acceleration of their implementation during their meeting today.
Conversation also touched upon the prospects of real market development and implementation of the new pension system. Pursuant to Yesim Elhan-Kayalar, the ADB will enhance its assistance to Georgia through supporting economic development and empowering regional networks.
The meeting held at the Administration of Government of Georgia was also attended by the Secretary of the Economic Council, business ombudsman Giorgi Gakharia.
Last week, the EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia (EUMM) held its first 2016 meeting under the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) in Ergneti, Georgia.
The attendantsdiscussed a wide range of challenges faced by local communities living along the Administrative Boundary Line (ABL), including freedom of movement and access to land. The co-facilitators welcomed the calm security situation in the area and the willingness of stakeholders to jointly address security concerns by effectively using the Hotline launched by EUMM to support the everyday life of the local population.
According to the EUMM press release, the participants of the meeting also welcomed the new co-facilitator of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Ambassador Baechler, who was appointed on 1 January 2016 as the Special Representative for the South Caucasus by the German Chairmanship of the OSCE.
This is the 62nd meeting of the Incident Prevention and Response Mechanism (IPRM) of the EUMM, which is an unarmed civilian monitoring mission established by the European Union on 15 September 2008 to contribute to the stabilisation of the situation on the ground following the August 2008 conflict.
The EUMM monitors full compliance by all sides with the EU brokered Six-Point Agreement of 12 August, signed by both Georgia and Russia, and the Agreement on Implementing Measures of 8 September 2008.
The next and 63rd IPRM meeting will take place on 24 February. (EU Neighbourhood Info)
Anne Brasseur, President of the Parliamentary Assembly (PACE), met last night with Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament (EP) as well as Johannes Hahn, Commissioner for European Neighbourhood Policy and Enlargement Negotiations, along with political leaders from the two parliaments.
“Not surprisingly top of the agenda was the refugee crisis,” said Ms Brasseur. “Every day we see desperate people taking even more desperate measures to find asylum in Europe. Pictures from yesterday of violence at Hungarian fences, built to keeping people out, and flows of refugees heading towards Croatia, means more than ever that we have to find common solutions to common challenges with a common humanity.
We have to work together, and solutions should not just be short term fixes but long term strategies,” Ms Braseur said. “This applies to the migration phenomenon and the current refugee crisis, but also to many of the other problems Europe is facing. In our discussions with political leaders and Mr Hahn, we were able to touch on a number of other issues, which included the conflict in Ukraine and relations with Russia, as well as worrying developments in Turkey, and on-going problems in Azerbaijan. Political leaders from the different political groups, agreed to continue their discussions and co-operation to find common solutions.
“Governments need to stand up to their responsibilities,” Ms Brasseur concluded, “and show leadership, as Chancellor Merkel has bravely done in Germany.”
Ms Brasseur thanked President Schulz for the timing of his initiative to bring together the political leaders from the two Parliaments, and invite at the same time Commissioner Hahn.